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Tour & Giveaway: 119. Ravens by George Dawes Green...

July 23, 2009
Today's tour is for Ravens by George Dawes Green...

About the book:
The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the Georgia State lottery. It's going to be the worst day of their lives.

When Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko pull up at a convenience store off I-95 in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a leaky tire and be on their way again to Florida-away from their dull Ohio tech-support jobs. But this happens to be the store from which a 318,000,000 million dollar Jackpot ticket has just been sold -- and when a pretty clerk accidentally reveals to Shaw the identity of the winning family, he hatches a ferociously audacious scheme: He and Romeo will squeeze the family for half their prize.

That night, he visits the Boatwright home and takes the family hostage, while Romeo patrols the streets nearby, prepared to murder the Boatwrights' loved ones at any sign of resistance. At first, the family offers none. But Shaw's plot depends on maintaining constant fear-merciless, unfaltering terror-and soon, under the pressure, everyone's sanity begins to unravel . . .

At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, RAVENS is a wholly original and utterly compelling novel from one of our most talented writers.

About the author:
George Dawes Green is a highly acclaimed novelist and poet. He currently divides his time between Georgia and New York. He can be found online at his website,, and Facebook has a fan group for Ravens.

drey's thoughts:
"Comic" and "suspenseful"--that Ravens definitely is... But first, the cast of characters... The Boatwrights are a completely dysfunctional family. Mom's a blistering alcoholic. Dad's so timid he'd go turtle on you. The daughter is fed up with trying to deal with her family, and is dreaming of anything else but this. And her little brother is mama's baby and absolutely content to keep it that way.

Into this play comes Romeo and Shaw. Two drifters on their way to Florida. Shaw is the thinker, the mastermind; Romeo is the follower. Stopping over in a Georgia gas station, Shaw learns that the Boatwrights have won 318 million dollars. And he hatches a plan to steal it. Well, actually, only half. And off we go. I thought Shaw's plan was brilliant. And the thought that anyone can find out that much information about you online, completely scary.

Ravens is gripping in its portrayal of the lengths to which some will go to, for money. You'll want to read this roller-coaster of a book all the way through, to see how it ends. I loved it.

Check out the Ravens excerpt!

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have up to five copies of Ravens for you...
-- Contest is open to US and Canada residents, no PO Boxes please!
-- To enter, comment and share: Have you ever won the lottery? I keep trying to, but haven't yet so far. (Hence, the full-time job, lol!)
-- Follow for 1 extra entry.
-- Share for 2 extra entries (let me know what & where, please).
-- Every 10 people entered gets another copy in the hat, so share with everyone! =)
-- Do it all before 6:00 pm CST August 5th. Good luck!

Tour Stops!
July 20:
I Heart Monster
Must Read Faster
A Bookworm's World
A Bookish Mom
Foreign Circus Library
Books and Needlepoint
July 21:
A Sea of Books
Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-Holic
This Book For Free
Popin's Lair
The Tome Traveller’s Weblog
July 22:
Review from Here
Never Not Reading
Radiant Light
Bella’s Novella
Wendy’s Minding Spot
July 23:
Booksie's Blog
Me, My Book and the Couch
Booking Mama
Book Soulmates
All About {n}
July 24:
Bookin’ with “BINGO”
Pick of the Literate
Darby's Closet
My Friend Amy
Just Jennifer Reading
Reading with Monie


Pam said...

The only lottery I've ever one is some blog giveaways. Unfortunately, all the books in the world aren't going to pay off our debt and let me travel for a living instead of work...

melacan at hotmail dot com

+ I'm a follower

Lilixtreme said...

Same for me, book giveaways and a couple other random contests are the closest things to lottery I've ever come across. (Of course, that doesn't keep my stepdad from trying.)
+1 became a follower
+2 posted link to contest on my sidebar:

drey said...

Pam ~ I wish I could figure out how to travel for a living instead of work, but yeah, books won't do it. =P

LoveMyCoffee said...

No lottery wins for me. I've been doing pretty well on the book blogs lately. I love winning books.

I subscribe by googlereader.


Kelly said...

On the rare occasion I try to win, I always have the sneaking suspicion that I would be better off taking the dollar and getting quarters for it. Then I could drop the quarters on the sidewalk and enjoy the pleasure of a little kid when they find it. At least I'd get something out of my dollar then!

I'd love to win this book! I'm regretting passing on the blog tour, but I was just too backed up!

I already follow, does that count?

Melissa said...

I've never won the lottery, I don't even buy tickets ;)

Thanks fr the chance to win this, I've been anxious to check it out!

JanuaryWish at verizon dot net

Melissa said...

+1 I'm a follower too...

+2 tweet:

JanuaryWish at verizon dot net

Sage Ravenwood said...

I don't play the lottery. I probably should, seeing as I have fairly good luck with a few book drawings. If I ever won a huge sum of money. I would be on a never ending road trip on all the backroads in the country. Driving by day, writing by night.

I'm huge fan of anything Raven and this cover just sucks me in. The story line dosn't sound too shabby either (winks). Please enter me for this drawing. Thanks! Indigo

+1 I'm also a follower

Libby's Library said...

I think that about 5 of my friends and I won a $40 ticket once, but that's it.

+1 I'm a follower.



tina werner said...

sounds like an interesting book...

no i've never won the lottery... guess you need to buy tickets to win first LOL!

i have you linked on my sidebar...

i'm a follower too :)

thanks for the chance to win!

stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

KR said...

I've never bought a lottery ticket!!!


Jo-Jo said...

I haven't won the lottery yet, but I am pretty lucky with the book giveaways. Last summer a funny thing happened-I was at a benefit and put my name in for a set of patio furntiture. After the benefit we went home and my husband was finishing building our deck. As he was nailing in the final board I got a phone call telling me I won the furniture! lol

I'm also a follower.

joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

housemouse88 said...

The most I've ever one is off a scratch ticket for a hundred bucks. Believe you me I was quite surprised. I have also won several book contests that has my TBR pile overflowing. I so appreciate all the authors who give us the opportunity to win their work and publishing companies as well. Thank you.

I'm a follower.

house_mouse88 at yahoo dot com

dor said...

In the lottery, the most I won was 200.00. But I have won a 52" hdtv and a $7,500 trip 1.5 years ago.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

dor said...

I subscribe by email

dorcontest at gmail dot com

afineday said...

The most I've won in a lottery is $150.00 from a scratch off ticket. Lately, we've been winning Powerball a lot, by matching the Powerball number, for a staggering $3.00! Oh well, it covers the cost of buying tickets. :)

Thanks for a chance to win "Ravens!" I already have it on my list of must reads.

brc668 (At) gmail (dot) com

afineday said...

I subscribed by email

brc668 (At) gmail (dot) com

Dixie said...

I won $10 grand on a $5 scratch ticket 10 years ago.
Funny thing is, I don't buy lotto tickets often, maybe a few times a year. I was just in the right place at the right time.


Dixie said...

I'm a follower.

Lisanne624 said...

Sadly, no, I've never won the lottery. I even strike out on the scratch-off tickets {sigh}.

+1 I'm a follower!

lahlstedt (at) gmail (dot) com

nfmgirl said...

Nah. I won maybe $5 a few times, but I haven't played the lottery in probably 20 years.

But giveaways? Now that's a different story!

I follow

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Kat Bryan said...

No lottery wins here. I don't buy tickets although hubby does. I think the most he's won is $100.

re: the a REAL Boatwright descendant, I can say it's true - we ARE a dysfunctional family. LOL

I'm a follower.

herblady said...

I don't buy lottery tickets. I feel it's money down the drain. It's sad to see senior citizens and welfare recipients put down their last few dollars to buy a dream they can't afford. Lotteries serve a purpose in raising revenue for the states but at what cost? It's a personal choice and it's not for me.

herblady said...

I'm a follower.

scottsgal said...

Won $2500 many years ago which was wonderful. Missed $25 million by 1 number.

msboatgal at

DarcyO said...

I have never won the lottery because I usually don't buy lottery tickets. When it's a big pot, we'll join together at work and buy some tickets, but so far, nada.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

DarcyO said...

I follow via Google Reader.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

mrsshukra said...

No lotteries in Hawaii!


mrsshukra said...

I'm a follower!


Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about your contest here.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Miriam Parker said...

I am the most unlucky lottery player ever, so I try not to.

Thanks for the fab post!

booklover said...

I have never won!! Would love to win this book though.

Cindy said...

No, I have never won the lottery! I buy a ticket every once in awhile but not very often. When I do buy one, I think that maybe it will be my time to win, but it isn't.

I do win a book now and then, and once I won a wagon in a raffle. :)

I follow your blog.

I also follow you on Twitter. I tweeted about your blog today. My username is Soccermom213


enyl said...

I've never entered the state lottery, but recently my book club won 12 copies of Prayers for Sale.

Nicole said...

Never won a big prize in the lottery, but have won a few bucks here and there. I do win alot of prizes from blogs and sweeps though.

+1 I follow.

throuthehaze said...

Unfortunately I have never won the lottery

Im a follower

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

please enter me in the giveaway
No I've never won the lottery..well does $10


Anonymous said...

I'm a follower


Unknown said...

I have to say that sadly I have not won the lottery, yet.

ChristyJan said...

No, I've never won the lottery. I did win a contest (on-line) a few years ago for an all-expense paid trip to Vancouver, Canada, but that is the biggest (best) thing I've ever won.

+ I follow


Lorie Shewbridge said...

This looks like a great book, I've been wanting to read it. The most I've ever won in the lottery is $20.00, but The Hubs has won $2,500.00.... not bad, but not enough to live on!!

+1 because I follow on Blogger.

Karen H said...

This book sounds like so much fun. Would love to win a copy!

Most of the stuff I win are from author's contests like this but I did win $100 in a Lottery Scratch Off ticket before but sadly no major lottery prizes for me. Maybe someday!

+1 follow

kkhaas AT bellsouth DOT net

Unknown said...

No, I've never won the lottery but then again I never play:)

Unknown said...

Following your blog

Unknown said...

Tweeted here 1

Unknown said...

Tweeted here 2

rubynreba said...

I've never won the lottery. We buy a ticket once in a while, but never won more than $5.00.

Debb said...

I am signed up for your email.. I don't play the lottery; but, I do dream about winning and what I would do with it... I know, gotta play to win debb

Rebecca N. said...

Nope. I've not won, but I never buy tickets either. I guess that lessens my chances significantly huh lol?!

Rebecca N. said...

I follow

Rebecca N. said...

1. I tweeted

Rebecca N. said...

2. I tweeted

Shawna L. said...

Shawna Lewis

I am already a follower

I follow you on twitter

I twittered you under theblindcupid

I subscribe to you

I blogged about you at

I have NEVER won a lottery but I have won on the scratch tickets

LuAnn said...

Hah! Won the lottery? That's funny, Drey.

Nelsby said...

Good God, no -- I have certainly not won the lottery. Otherwise, I would not be entering to win a free book!
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Nelsby said...

I am following your blog.
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Nelsby said...

sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Nelsby said...

sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

I've never won the lottery. Online book and coupon giveaways are the best I've done and once when I was little in school I guessed how many Easter eggs in a container. Those have been my winnings so far but who knows maybe one day I'll get lucky and win the lottery.

cherio1 said...

I've never won in the lottery (not for the lack of trying though) but I would love to win this book. It sounds like a really good read!

Jenny N. said...

I have not won the lottery and have only entered a couple of times with co-workers.


heatherzilla said...

No, I have never even bought a lottery ticket.
This sounds like a good book.

Anita Yancey said...

I have never won the big money in the lottery, but I keep trying. The most I have won so far is $75. Maybe one day I will get lucky. Please enter me in this giveaway. Thanks!


Unknown said...

I've never won the lottery, though I did win $15 from a scratch-n-play once...

p.enelopelolohea {at} gmail {dot} com

nfmgirl said...

I blogged:

Luvdaylilies said...

I've never won the Lottery, but a girl can dream, can't she?
I'd enjoy the read=)
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Luvdaylilies said...

I follow=)
Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Ally said...

I've never won the lotterly but my 4th grade teacher did and they moved to florida, so i keep hoping!

Theresa N. said...

We haven't won YET, we're stilling trying. My husband worked with a guy last year whose brother-in-law won it.
Theresa N

Wanda said...

No, I've never won the lottery.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Madeleine said...

My mom won a never won nothing this big.

Please enter me in this giveaway

I retweet


Anonymous said...

I am a follower.

wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Bridget said...

Hi, Drey! Just posted on Win A Book.

CherylS22 said...

Sadly, I've never won the lottery (certainly not for lack of trying!)

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

CherylS22 said...

I follow

Mozi Esme said...

Would love this! And I'm a follower...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I've won many small scratcher lotto prizes before but never platyed the drawings.

This looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

I'm also a Google follower.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Unknown said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.


Irene said...

No lottery winner here....

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Irene said...

I am a follower!!!

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Debs Desk said...

I have never won the lottery but I keep on trying. I would love to be included in your giveaway.

Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.

Park Avenue Princess said...

I've never won the lottery. Oh but a girl can dream....

xoxo Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)


Belinda M said...

I have never won the lottery but I did win 20 grand in a contest a few years back. Could not quit my job but it sure helped out

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Belinda M said...

I follow your blog

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Jon said...

I have never won a lottery...unfortunately.

janetfaye said...

I would love to win the lottery!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Sara said...

Have never won the lottery. Probably a good thing considering how many books I'd buy.

I follow.
Skkmiller (at) live (dot) com

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